What needs to change for naturism to be accepted

As naturists, we feel good if not better while naked. Many of us would like to be able to be naked more frequently not facing negative consequences. For this, we need to continue, if not increase, to tell the naturism story and its many benefits. However, I was asking myself the question: what needs to change for naturism to be accepted? Here are some answers I found:

  • De-sexualizing nudity. For many, nudity is equal to sex. Society is actually promoting this idea in ads or movies. Most of the time, the vision of a naked or half naked body leads to sexual intercourse. It’s therefore easy to link the two together. However, if we were to see in ads or movies naked people living there normal lives, then the idea of nudity outside of sexuality will start to spread. We can even used blurred genitals until people get used to the idea of non sexual nudity.
  • Encouraging kids to stay naked. How many times do you see a young kid on the beach that takes his or her bathing suit off, being chastized by his or her mother or father? For most, if not all, kids, nudity is totally normal and healthy, as they do not have this link to sexuality yet. This nudity should be encouraged not banned, through parent education.
  • Explaining body transformation to teenagers in a simple way. When puberty kicks in, even naturist kids tend to get dressed as they do not feel that comfortable with their body. We, as caring adults, should explain that what they feel is natural, and if they want to get dressed or get naked, they have the freedom to chose. If they feel sexual desire, it’s entirely natural, however, they need to unlink nudity and sex, which are two totally different things.
  • Decriminalizing non sexual nudity. if nudity is more accepted after being more exposed to non sexual nudity, they laws should be enacted to let people get naked in social public space as long as their attitude is not sexually oriented. I know this may be controversial, but if, for instance, you ask most hikers what they think about naked hiking, they find it Ok for a big majority (read Naked Hiking to learn more about this).
  • Being naked with friends and family. Big changes starts with small decisions. Do your friends and family know you are a naturist? Are you naked with them? Do you encourage them to embrace naturism? You need to come out and get more naked time with your friends and family. Of course, that may be tough the first time. Some people may find you weird. With all the content that exists on the web about the benefits of naturism, it’s eay to have a leaflet ready to hand over.
  • Practicing and promoting naked activities. Hiking naked, practicing naked yoga or participation to World Naked Bike Ride will contribute to show people that naked people are harmless, they just want to practice their preferred activities naked.
  • Joining a naturist association and or club. To promote its activities, an association needs members. By becoming a member of your country naturist association (AANR in the US, FFN in France, for instance or APNEL to promote naturism in liberty), you will help them to promote naturism, have more naturist places and have changes in legislation to allow more legal acceptance. And if you can and have time, act with them, dedicate some energy to help promote naturism.

Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that can only be appreciated when tested. It’s always very difficult to explain to non naturists the many benefits of naturism. Of course, intellectually people will understand and accept (or not). But the real eye opener is when you undress totally first alone, then with other naturists. It seems a long way before naturism gets widespread acceptance, however, it’s just by continuing promoting it that it will be more and more accepted until one day, hopefully, it will just be allowed anywhere as one of the many clothing options.

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This Is What It’s Like To Live Most Of Your Life Naked

Another article from mainstream online press on naturism: This Is What It’s Like To Live Most Of Your Life Naked. This one carries the ideas naturists all know and enjoy like the following:

  • Nudists and naturists participate in plenty of normal activities like swimming, camping, and karaoke without clothes
  • Even though naturism’s intentions are innocent, it can be hard for people to see it that way.
  • Naturism fits beautifully into a society that’s increasingly open to the idea that “perfection” doesn’t exist.

It emphasizes well the positive aspects of our lifestyle and that we discussed many times on blogs and forums. Unfortunately, it failed to convince the author of the article to embrace naturism: “Even though my self-esteem is quite solid, I’m not brave enough to show the world everything I’ve got. Although I’ll be keeping the rest of my clothes on, my hat’s off to anyone who is.”

And this is where the rubber hits the road. It shows how deep society has ingrained body shame, and how much work all naturists have to do to be fully accepted and have more people joining this wonderful lifestyle that just consists of being yourself, unashamed with the body that was given to you.

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10 questions and answers for the aspiring #nudist

I do remember the first time, as a kid, I went to a naturist beach. I do not remember all the questions that went through my mind at that time, because there may not have been any, nudity felt normal, as everybody, as far as I can remember, was nude. However, some years later, having grown up and gone through diverse nude and textile experiences, I asked myself some questions on nudism and naturism, to which I found answers by searching and experiencing myself. I think they can be useful if you think about going to a naturist resort or beach, or going for a naked hike, or just staying at your place, but stripping down. Here we go:

  1. Am I a pervert if I feel good naked?
    Definitely no! There are million naturists in the whole world and by definition they are not perverts. There may be perverts among naturists, like they are among textile, I guess. But feeling good naked is just an appreciation of your own body and its nakedness. Being naked is natural, getting clothed while it’s rationally more comfortable to be nude is a taught behavior. Sexuality and nudity have been linked by society and religions. They are not linked at all. So, feel good, you are probably not a pervert, but an aspiring nudist who has just discovered that nudity is an awesome feeling.
  2. Will I get aroused if I see people naked all around me?
    May be, but probably not! Actually, as said previously, sexuality and nudity are two separate topics. I can have a sexual behavior while clothed. People tend to find a half clothed body carrying a more sexual message than completely naked one. My experience has shown however, that states of arousal happen, generally unconsciously. Nothing to be ashamed of, just carry on your activities or lay down on your towel until it ends.
  3. What if I meet somebody I know personally or professionally?
    Well, this is great news actually. You have a new nudist acquaintance! You are both nude, sharing time in your preferred clothing. If this person has been a nudist for a long time, he or she can mentor you. You should be open to the fact you are a newbie, your mentor can speed up your apprenticeship. Nudism is not something you should be ashamed about but proud of. Having nudist friends is the best thing that can happen to you, as this means you can carry more nudist activities that you may originally thought of.
  4. People will look at me as I do not have a perfect body, won’t they?
    Society is putting pressure on people to have a perfect body. Fashion has defined current body perfection and images are flooding the media. The most important thing is that you feel good in your body, there are as many different bodies as there are human beings. Body shame starts in the mind. Naturists are mostly open-minded people that do not look at people’s body but people’s heart. It may sound cliché, but you’ll discover it’s true. At most nudist resorts, you will find all sort of bodies of all shapes and ages. Being comfortable in your own body is the most important thing.
  5. What if I get sunburned and I need to wear protection clothes?
    Stupidity and nudity share only “dity”. When you are sunburned, protect your skin. It has happened to everybody, even when using sunscreen, to get a portion of the body that has been forgotten. Apply judgment and cover yourself. No clothing optional resort will judge you if you cover your sunburned body. The same applies if the weather gets chilly. Some will stay naked because they do not feel the cold (I am one of those crazy nudists), while others will get warm by wearing some clothing.
  6. My spouse is not comfortable naked, should I still go and get naked?
    This is a sensitive topic and a very personal one. It’s still common to have one spouse embracing nudism while the other does not feel it. You should discuss this and find a compromise. I wrote a blog post on respect, that is a two-way street. I believe love is grounded on respect for the other. You may compromise by finding a place where you can be naked while your loved half will be clothed (and may come slowly to nudism), or spend half or your holidays in a clothing-optional place and the other half in a textile environment. From my experience, it’s a matter of dialogue and respect. Nothing’s impossible!
  7. Will my kids be shocked seeing all those people naked?
    Your kid are learning from you. If they have never been exposed to nudity, this may start some giggles at the beginning. The one advice is they should not stare at people. You should take time to explain nudity is normal and natural, that you are going to encounter naked people and nudity should not be laughed at. I believe teaching normal nudity to your kids is a gift as they will be less prone to suffer body shame. Teenagers are a little trickier, as they may not want to get naked. This is normal as their body is changing and they are not comfortable. Most resorts and beaches have special etiquette for teenagers, although swimming pools are generally naked only. It will teach that they should not be ashamed of their body, even if it changes. More in this post.
  8. What if my friends and family discover I am a nudist?
    What are you afraid of? That they call you a pervert? Get some articles on social nudism to explain what it is, that it is normal and healthy, not illegal and has nothing to do with sex. As defined by the International Naturist Federation, “Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect, tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment”. The website of the INF, the AANR, the Naturist Society, the FFN, or any other naturist federation are full of very good advice on how to explain naturism to non-naturist.
  9. I do not know anybody at the local nudist resort, should I still go?
    This is a great reason to go! Nudists are friendly and there are huge chances you will make new friends quickly that will share your appreciation of nudity.
  10. Is naturism allowed by religion?
    I am not an expert in religious matter, but respect being one of the values in religion, I cannot understand why religion would forbid naturism. That said, it’s a very personal matter and if your religion asks you to dress a special way, it’s your choice. The Young Naturists America have a full page with links to various articles on nudity and religions that I encourage you to read if this topic is an important one for you.

There may be other questions that pop into your mind. If so, do not hesitate to ask them into the comment section of this post and I (or other naturist/nudist readers of this blog) will do my best to answer them. I want to leave you with one thought: nudism/naturism is a healthy (body and mind) and normal state. There’s nothing wrong about it. Society has perverted the human body along the age, and transformed a shameless state into a shameful one. The best advice I can give you is to get naked, tell the world how awesome being socially naked is, and enjoy your life a nudist. Nothing comes “clothe” to being socially nude.

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Nudists Increasing The Bottom Line For ‘Nakationing’

I love to read about nudism in mainstream media. This helps to change people’s perception on naturism and to help getting nudism seen as normal by as many people as possible. This one is from the Hartford Courant, the biggest newspaper in Connecticut and “recognized as the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States”, as per Wikipedia.

It’s a very positive article that gives an overview of nudism through the eye of a textile and includes the point of view of the Sun Ridge resort’s owner. I liked the tone of the article, giving a true and positive view of what nudism is. I particularly enjoyed this quote: “First-timers are a little apprehensive, but once they try it, they like the freedom it offers.” Because at the end of the day, this what nudists love: the freedom to be themselves entirely nude and doing what they like without clothing.

Enjoy Nudists Increasing The Bottom Line For ‘Nakationing’, from the Hartford Courant.

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Newbies guide to nudism: Introduction to #nudism

Larry Darter from examiner.com has started a series titled “Newbies guide to nudism“, with a first post being an introduction to nudism. Larry’s target is people “new to nudism and keen to learn more about the culture or someone thinking about giving it a go but still looking for a bit more information before making [a] decision”.

This first post covers the what, why and who of nudism, and the affiliation to organization like AANR and TNS. Well written (as always), I am sure the whole series will be great to share with friends and family about nudism and why we are nudists. I am looking forward to reading the next installments of this series.

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Promoting nudism in mainstream media, the case of Sunsport Gardens, FL

As naturist and nudist, we all agree being socially naked is healthy, natural and enjoyable. However, sometimes it’s hard to promote our lifestyle to friends and family. This is where traditional media (meaning not dedicated to naturism) can help to break the ice. You can use an article on naturism to kickstart a discussion, gather opinion and share that you are a naturist and enjoy social nudity.

I tried it multiple times and got zero rejection. It allowed me to share that I am a naturist and I may be naked next time we meet. It’s a great way to tell people that nudity can be shared, so I feel OK if others are naked around me at home, at the pool, the beach or on the next hike.

Nudity is just wonderful, all naturists agree. This is what transpires in the following article about Sunsport Gardens, a family naturist resort in sunny Florida. Although I have not been there (but wish in the future), the below article pinched my interest and it goes to my list of articles I will print and keep to share with friends and family on the greatness of naturis. Enjoy, get naked and share you nudity!

Sunsport Gardens Exposes Naked Truth About Nudism